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A Guide to Studying Abroad in Slovenia

Despite of years of foreign influence and domination, Slovenia has remained a coherent nation. A distinct history and cultural heritage, emerald-green lakes, and luscious green scenery, Slovenia may be small, but it has a lot to offer. Slovenia is blessed with charming castles that were built in the medieval era, which provide historical, architectural marvels throughout the country. Study abroad in Slovenia, where you can explore and experience both eastern and western Europe.

Where to Study Abroad in Slovenia

There’s *much* to love about sLOVEnia. Even so, some locales rise above the rest. We’ve done the hard work to present you the best places to study abroad in Slovenia. 

Nova Gorica is a town in western Slovenia near the border of Italy and home to Vipava Valley with delicious wines. Here, you can visit one of Slovenia’s main theatres, admire Kromberk Castle, and explore the Museum of Goriška. If you’re looking to get the blood flowing, you can also go paragliding and bungee jumping for an adrenaline rush. Students who love hiking and cycling will rejoice in the natural surroundings. 

Ljubljana is the largest city and capital in the country as well as one of Europe’s greenest cities. It weaves between an ultra-trendy alt scene while remaining as picturesque as Prague. Did you know there’s a glow-in-the-dark castle, too? Yeah, we know you wanna study abroad in Ljubljana.

Piran is situated in southwestern Slovenia on the Gulf of Piran on the Adriatic Sea. With medieval and Venetian-gothic architecture, town walls, coastal sunsets, winding alleys, and statues to represent its famous violinist Giuseppe Tartini and artist Antonio Dal Zotto, you’ll see quickly why this mesmerizing city is a hotspot for international students.

Costs of Studying in Slovenia

Slovenia is a fairly affordable country to visit for students compared to other Western European countries, which is an advantage for students looking for cheaper, worthwhile study abroad experiences in Europe. 

Most study abroad Slovenia program fees will cover the cost of housing, support, and tuition. If you’re concerned about costs for Slovenia, numerous scholarships are awarded every year, so try your luck at applying for a few. You could also consider starting a study abroad campaign to ask for a little help from your family and friends via FundMyTravel.

Student Housing in Slovenia

What types of housing are available for students in Slovenia? For living arrangements, a student can either rent a room in a residence hall or rent a private room or apartment. Foreign students can stay in a university/college residence hall if they are a recipient of scholarships of the Slovenian Government; otherwise, they have to find their own accommodation. Other programs might coordinate homestays to afford students an even more intimate look at what it means to be Slovenian. 

Student Visas for Slovenia

Students who are not European citizens will need to apply for a Schengen student visa, which involves a letter of acceptance, your passport, photos, accommodation proof, financial support proof, and medical insurance. If you’re studying longer than 90 days, you’ll also need to apply for a residence visa. Program coordinators are usually happy to help with visa requirements and GoAbroad’s Embassy Directory is another helpful resource.

GoAbroad's Insider Tips

Weather. The climate varies across Slovenia, from a Mediterranean climate on the coast to cold winters in the valleys of the east. Students should pack light clothes in the summer and warm clothing for chilly days in the winter.

Food. Visiting Slovenia is not complete without tasting the local food, experiencing the culture, and seeking out some adventures along the way. Slovenian cuisines are greatly influenced by neighboring countries. Most foods are served with mushroom soup and pork sour soup. 

The country’s spectacular natural surroundings (#srsly, have you SEEN Lake Bled?!), its cultural attractions, top-notch education system, and up-and-coming arts scene makes studying abroad in Slovenia an obvious choice.

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The Gilman International Scholarship Program & Boren Awards

Slovenia is one of the study abroad destinations supported by Gilman International Scholarships and Boren Awards. Both programs provide American students with the financial resources and encouragement needed to study abroad and learn about the culture and language in Slovenia. All applicants must be in good academic standing and have some level of financial need. Boren Award recipients typicall...